News and Commentary
Eric Beohm of Reason describes the case of Elias Zarate, in favor of whom the Tennessee Chancery Court ruled in August. Zarate faced barber licensing regulations that would’ve forced him to finish high school after he dropped out to care for his orphaned younger siblings.
Betsy McCaughey at the New York Post opines that persons shampooing hair should not need 500 hours of cosmetology school in a New York state struggling with unemployment.
Darren Taylor reports on the death of Charles Phillips, calling for healthcare regulations.
Todd Myers from Washington Policy surveys licensing requirements in the state of Washington, where although the Bar exam has been waived, hairdressers must complete hundreds of hours of training for a test on a currently non-functional website.
Robert Graboys announces the specifications of President Trump’s August 3rd “Executive Order on Improving Rural Health” in an Inside Sources piece.
Frances Floresca at Inside Sources says that the COVID-19 pandemic provides the perfect time for states to cut red tape in occupational licensing.
Scott Lincicome lays out reasons for middle class optimism in a Cato Institute blog. Though the middle class is shrinking, research tracking individuals over time finds that this is not just because of persons dropping into the lower class, but also moving into the upper class.
Jeffrey Singer writes Cato Institute commentary suggesting that other states should follow the lead of the 17 who have opted out of 2001 Federal “scope of practice” healthcare licensing guidance. These guidelines prevent, for example, nurses from offering anesthesia without a doctor present, even though they are trained to do so.
Jo Ciavaglia details a Pennsylvania Court’s rejection of “good moral character” as a Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology licensing exam requirement for Herald-Mail Media. The requirement restricting over 70 persons from being licensed between 2015 and 2018.
A Reason article by Scott Shackford anticipates California Governer Gavin Newsom’s potential signing of a bill allowing former prison inmates to have their records expunged to acquire the emergency technician license necessary for firefighters. Currently, their records would prevent licensing, even as many fight fires while incarcerated.
Anastasia Boden and Caleb Trotter note the criminal nature of unlicensed landscaping work, arguing that costly licensing should not obstruct an important entrepreneurial pathway.
Kofi Ampaabeng, Conor Norris, and Edward J. Timmons provide an overview of occupational licensing in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states in a Mercatus Center policy brief, including number of restrictions for regulated occupations per state.